Groovy! I think he is going to say yes. The Phelps don’t like it, though. Poor things. Photo via cool vintage gay singer/songwriter Blackberri and the Son of Baldwin blog – the literary, socio-political, sexual, pop culture blog live from Bedford-Stuyvesant.
Posted in Activism, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Human Rights, Men, Photography, Sexy Holidays, Signage
Tagged Culture, Gay, Gay Gaze, Gay Marriage, H8, Homoerotic, Love, Phelps, Photography, protest, Sexy, Signage
You’re invited: Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits (BAAITS) 2nd Annual Two Spirit Powwow!
This year’s event will take place Saturday, February 2nd in Oakland, starting at noon. For directions and more information, visit the BAAITS website.
Last year’s groundbreaking powwow attracted over 500 people, and made history as the first and only public Two Spirit Powwow in the world.
A Powwow is a public gathering with Native dancing and drums, seeing friends and family. It is a cultural event, large and crowded at times, yet intimate. It holds a place in the hearts of the Native community, and BAAITS offering up this Powwow in the name of Two Spirit peoples is truly an honoring. The overwhelming response of our allies honors and recognizes the work and important role of the Two Spirit community.
We welcome all Two Spirit people as well as allies. Come one, come all. All dancers and Drums are invited to join us. Special dance categories this year will include a Switch Dance (Women take on the male roles, and vice-versa) and a Duct Tape Special, in which the dance regalia is made of duct tape and found objects. There will be contests for dancers, fry bread and Indian tacos, crafts and gifts for sale, a raffle, and most of all – community!
Posted in Activism, Food, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Indigenous cultures, Music, Northern California, Sexy Holidays, Spirituality, Subcultures
Tagged 1st Nation, Activism, American Indian, Art, BAAITS, Community, Culture, Dance, Drums, Food, Gay, LGBT, Oakland, Powwow, Queer, Switch Dance, Two Spirit
This shocking tale was making the innerweb rounds as a true story. It’s not. It’s just a meme joke. Sometimes though it’s more important that a story be interesting than that it be strictly true. Such with this satirical drawing illustrating the invented scene – from JoJo Mendoco.
Posted in Activism, Art and Artists, Comics, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Internet, JoJo Mendoco, Leather, Men, Signage, Subcultures
Tagged Bara, Bikers, Cartoon, Comics, Comix, Culture, Gai Comi, Gay, Manga, meme, PETA, Pop, Yaoi
United Santa Assault in the USA! Peace. Harmony. Joy. Community. These were just a few of the horrifying threats scrawled by an Occupy movement Santa and some of his little helpers in sidewalk chalk at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas. More at the Free Keene site, New Hampshire’s on-line destination for liberty activism.
Posted in Activism, Beards, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Military, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Strange Holidays, Strange News, Texas
Tagged Activism, Arrested, Austin, Occupy, OWS, Photography, police, Santa
Aware sheep. Free air.
Hopland in Mendocino.
Stickers and harvest soon.
Posted in Activism, ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., DIY and Maker Culture, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Mendocino County, Signage, Street Art, Grafitti, etc.
Tagged 420, Consumerism, Culture, Haiku, Mendocino County, Street Art
Preview shot of It Came from Outside! At Big Umbrella Studios in San Francisco. Good art, good cause, good grief! Curated by resident coy bad boy koi artist and queer street art historian Jeremy Novy.
Posted in Activism, ANIMALS: Human and otherwise..., Art and Artists, Collecting, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Nishikigoi, Photography, San Francisco, Signage, Street Art, Grafitti, etc., Youth
Tagged Activism, Art, California, Collecting, Culture, etc., Gay, Gay Gaze, Graffiti, Grafitti, Homoerotic, iPhone photography, Photography, Queer, San Francisco, Sexy, Signage, Street Art
An interesting counterpoint to the stereotype of the urban, liberal, out and proud gay, the author of The Gay Manifesto is rural, more libertarian than liberal and off the grid and proud. He describes himself: “I am a pissed off Gay American living off-grid in the mountains of Southern Colorado. I built my own cabin, grow most of my own food, generate my own power and brew my own beer…”
Posted in Activism, DIY and Maker Culture, Facial hair, Food, Gardening, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Human Rights, Internet, Men, Photography, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Subcultures
Tagged Activism, Colorado, Culture, Drop Out, Gay, Headlines, Homestead, Maker Culture, Off-Grid, Rural Gay Life, Survival
Scott Long, LGBTQ human rights activist and visiting fellow in the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, just posted an article on Western LGBTQ activists and the purported “gay executions” in recent years in Iran, which I would recommend. While the LGBTQ and even mainstream Western press has reported several high-profile cases in recent years, Long believes that the situations may have been misrepresented, in some cases making things worse, and in some cases obfuscating matters. Long writes that
No one who launched the story has bothered to follow up the facts.
Among the observations that Mr. Long makes:
It’s certainly possible that the four men in Charam are “gay” or hamjensgara, and have been framed. It’s certainly also possible that they raped an “effeminate” victim, and that he is the one who suffered for sexual dissidence. Quite possibly, in fact, that’s the pattern underlying these stories of rape. In other words, conceivably [Western activists] have spent all these years speechifying and pontificating in support not of “gays,” but of their persecutors. The point is: We don’t know.
Agree or disagree, it’s worth reading and considering. What happens when we step in to “help” without having the full story? Does queer activism sometimes do more harm than good?
Posted in Activism, Crime, Human Rights, Iran, Men, Middle East, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Subcultures, WORLD WIDE: Gay around the Globe!, Youth
Tagged Activist, Capital Punishment, Crime, execution, Gay, Harvard, homosexuality, human rights, Iran, Islam, Lavat, law, misrepresentation, rape, Scott Long, victims
As Malaysia moves into its election season, religious conservatives in the Islamic majority country are using the “proliferation of the LGBT problem” as a political weapon. According to an article in the Bay Area Reporter: “A large anti-LGBT demonstration is scheduled in Dataran Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur on April 21.” That is Saturday. Gay Malaysians have good reason for concern. They also have some interesting friends. House speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia recently rejected a motion that would have banned LGBT people from serving in Parliament. International outcry derailed a move to ban representation of unconventional sexualities in publicly funded media. And Dr. Ahmad Fuad Rahmat of the Islamic Renaissance Front is explicit in his support. He says, in a passionate defense of the (successfully) banned Queer Arts Festival Seksualiti Merdeka: “We are living in a heterogeneous society full of diversity. In order for a society to mature, it must be able to remodel itself to be inclusive in nature. There should be no discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation, irrespective of race and religion. Every single citizen has the right to live and express his or her conviction without fear.” Hear, hear! Click here for the entire text. As of this writing, sodomy is punishable in Malaysia by up to twenty years in prison. For something fun and sexy (homoerotic sandwich cookies!) from Malaysia, here.
Posted in Activism, Art and Artists, Asia, GAY GAZE: Visual Culture, Photos, Art, Comics, Film, Objects, etc..., Human Rights, Malaysia, SCANDAL: Politics, Crime, Revolution and More., Spirituality, WORLD WIDE: Gay around the Globe!
Tagged Ahamd Fuad Rahmat, Art, Culture, Gay, Islamic Renaissance Front, LGBT, Malaysia, Pandikar Amin Mulia, politics, Queer, Religion, Seksualiti Merdeka, Sex